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The Tucker Family Tea and Coffee Service by Andrew Ellicott Warner, Baltimore, c. 1840

The Tucker Family Tea and Coffee Service by Andrew Ellicott Warner, Baltimore, c. 1840

This outstanding tea and coffee service, from the Tucker family, important Baltimore merchants, shows the very finest of early repousse work by this outstanding Baltimore  silversmith. In a very early repousse pattern, each piece of the tea service displays a basket of fruit and flowers motif, surrounded by birds in a robust floral repoussed  background.  Both the sugar and waste bowl display the early undulating rim, the pots have handles that are of classical inspiration, with a bold rose on an acanthus leaf  based design.  The vigorous floral repousse work includes grape bunches, vines and leaves which acknowledge the prevalent classical tastes of the day. (See links below for detailed photos.)

Some of Warner's account books survive today, and the Tuckers' relationship with Warner is documented there. Although records for this service cannot be found, on July 9,  1840 the Tuckers purchased 6 forks from Warner.  These forks weighed 17 troy ounces and 7 pennywieght (very heavy) and cost $34.00, a tremendous sum for six forks in  1840.  However, those costs pale in comparison to the silver here, which would have cost from $400.00 to $500.00 – a very large investment for that period. (Many thanks to  Jennifer Goldsborough for the information from the Warner account books.)

Photo Details:

Pot Obverse
Pot Reverse
Finial & Handle
Sugar Bowl

A later soup tureen - c. 1850 - with the same basket of fruit and flowers pattern is in the collection of the Maryland Historical Society.

Provenance: By descent in the Family.

Condition: Very good antique condition.  The cream jug, of identical pattern and period, is matched, bearing a differnet monogram.

Coffee Pot: 12.5 inches high, 44.75 troy ounces
Teapot:  12 inches high, 42.75 troy ounces
Covered Sugar: 8.75 inches high, 24.45 troy ounces
Waste Bowl:  6.5 inches high, 14.75 troy ounces
Cream Jug: 15.05 troy ounces

Total weight = 141.74 ounces

Our Price: SOLD

Item code: B0 

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